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November 2009


 Issue No. 15: Nov. 2, 2009

 Issue No. 16: Nov. 9, 2009

Issue No. 17: Nov. 16, 2009

Issue No. 18: Nov. 23, 2009

Issue No. 19: Nov. 31, 2009

Volume XXXVI, No. 15: Nov. 2, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Speaker on Chicano/a Civil Rights

College Welcomes New Athletic Director/Head Softball Coach

College Welcomes New Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Dean

Student Services Newsletter and Resource Listings Now Available

Art Faculty Member Exhibits at Northrup King Building

National Tutoring Week a Success

Wiger Wins First Place

Documentary Release

Official Announcements

Faculty Shared Governance Council Meeting Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

  

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Impressive First Season for Men's Soccer

The Men's Soccer Team made quite an entrance into collegiate play in their first season - fall 2009.  They completed regular season play with 8 wins, 5 losses, and one tie; then beat Century College (6-0) to become Region Champs.  Last weekend they played their last game for the year in Chicago against Triton College who beat the Rams in a close battle (1-0).

Congratulations to the entire team and to Coach Brady Eichhorn-Hicks who was named Region XIII Coach of the Year.  We all look forward to watching you play next year!

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Speaker on Chicano/a Civil Rights

Students and faculty at the Cambridge Campus listen to Dr. Margarita Olivas who spoke of the Chicano/a civil rights movement.  This presentation was offered on both campuses and organized by Marcellus Davis, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

 Dr. Olivas

 Dr. Olivas Presenting

 

College Welcomes New Athletic Director/Head Softball Coach

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Athletic Department recently welcomed David Alto as the new Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach.

In his new role, David will provide leadership, direction and coordination for the intercollegiate sprots program and ensure compliance with NJCAA eligibility requirements and MCAC policies.

Alto comes to the position with ten years experience as a Physical Education Teacher/Coach in Buffalo, Minn. and eight years as the Athletic/Activities Director at Spring Lake Park High School.  He holds a bachelor of science in Physical Education from Moorhead State University and master of arts in Education from Hamline University.

"I came to Anoka-Ramsey because of my passion for education and athletics," David says.  "I have always dreamed of working/coaching at the collegiate level and now that dream has come true."

David's goal is to help make Anoka-Ramsey's Athletic program the best around.

A resident of Blaine, David is married to Anne who teaches first grade.  They have two daughters: Bailey, a high school senior and Paxton, an eighth grader.  In his free time, David enjoys golf, tennis, working out and spending time with family and friends.

Of his start at Anoka-Ramsey, David adds, "All of you have been so welcoming, helpful and friendly.  I appreciate the opportunity to get to work with such great people."

Welcome, David! 

David Alto 

 

College Welcomes New Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Dean

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed a new Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Mary Stueve.

In her new position, Mary will oversee all STEM activities, including supervising STEM faculty, recruitment and hiring.  She will also handle student concerns, assist with curriculum issues and articulation agreements with other colleges.

Located primarily at the Coon Rapids Campus, Mary comes to the position with three years experience as an assistant dean for Lone Star College System, Fairbanks Center in Texas; three years as Division Chair at Brazosport College in Texas; and six years as a Biology Faculty member at Mesabi Range College in Minnesota and Brazosport College in Texas.

Mary holds a bachelor of science in Biology and Chemistry and a master of science in Molecular Biology, both from the University of Minnesota - Duluth.

Mary and her husband recently relocated to the area from Texas this past summer when he got a job with the forest service.

"My goal is to support the faculty in their work of instructing our students," says Mary of her new position.  "I want to be a part of the vision to provide our students with the education and resources to meet their educational and career goals."

A resident of Shafer, Mary is married to Kirk, now a research ecologist for the Department of Forestry at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.  They have two sons, Caden, three-years-old, and Carter, one, both of whom are excited to check out the snow.  The family enjoys walks, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

Welcome, Mary!

 New STEM Dean Mary Stueve

 

Students Services Newsletter and Resource Listings Now Available

As dedicated faculty and staff, you have a desire to help students succeed.

Over the past year a student services marketing workgroup, including John Hennen, Jeff Janas, MaryAnn Larios, Darla McCann, Jamie Boretski, Thom Nordin, Cindy Nutter, Shannon Watson, Kacey White, and Joyce Traczyk, has worked to strategize about the best methods to help you - the front line staff - support students who may need the assistance available through the various departments in the work group.

One result of these efforts is a Student Services newsletter.  The first issue is now available here in PDF format.

The Student Services newsletter will be published several times each academic year, highlighting different services/contacts in certain situations.

The workgroup has also created a "Resource for Student Retention" (link to PDF) - a list of student services/contacts in , situations that the students may need the services and who to contact.

Both the Student Services newsletter and the "Resource for Student Retention" list will be available here via PDF and printed and delivered to all staff and faculty.

 

Art Faculty Member Exhibits at Northrup King Building

The Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists second annual juried exhibition will feature college Art Faculty member Mary Roettger's art along with more than 40 other women ceramics artists.  The opening reception was Friday, Oct. 30 and included live music and refreshments.  The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 11 in the Northrup King Building third floor gallery.

Roettger and the other ceramics artists in the juried exhibit will appear in the gallery to discuss their work: Thursday, Nov. 5 and Friday Nov. 6, 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, noon to 8 pm.m and Sunday, Nov. 8, noon to 5 p.m.

If you or your work is appearing around the region, please notify Kally Kruchten so we can post the information in the College Bulletin.

 

 

 

National Tutoring Week a Success

President Patrick M. Johns welcomed approximately 100 tutoring professionals, directors, coordinators, faculty members, peer tutors, and other educational professionals to Coon Rapids Campus, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 to celebrate the conclusion of National Tutoring Week.

"The 3rd Ever-est Summit entitled...your journey..." event was hosted at the Coon Rapids Campus and included representatives from other MnSCU schools, private colleges and the University of Minnesota.

Keynote speakers included: John O'Brien, "An Administrator's View of the Importance of Tutoring;" David Arendale/Sarah Hanson, "A Snapshot of Center Assessment Data;" and Janet Tauer, "Telling Our Story with Tips from TRiO."  Anoka-Ramsey presenters were Jan Pomeroy, Dan Potter and Isabelle Schmidt.  Breakout sessions were held throughout the day.

For the third year, Paul Wasko from the Office of the Chancellor chaired the event.  Darla McCann from Anoka-Ramsey and Joe Crowe from North Hennepin Community College served as co-chairs.  They extend their appreciation to site coordinators, Jan Pomeroy and Brandy Eddings, who really made Anoka-Ramsey shine, Anoka-Ramsey's IT and Maintenance Departments and Taher Food for the wonderful food presentation.

 

 

Wiger Wins First Place

College Lab Assistant for the Fine Arts and Music Departments, Erick Wiger recently was awarded first place for three-dimensional work at the current Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Member's Show.

The showing included 46 artists with 98 pieces of works such as including photography, drawing, oil and acrylic painting, mixed media, watercolor, textile, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metal.

Erick's winning piece (shown here), as well as all the other member's work in this exhibit, will remain on display through Nov. 6 during regular Banfill-Locke hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The gallery is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley. For more information call 763-574-1850 or visit the Banfill-Locke Web site.

If your work or that of a colleague's has been recognized, please notify Kally Kruchten so it can be included in an upcoming issue of the College Bulletin.

 Banfill-Locke Winning Piece

 

Documentary Release - Includes Art Faculty Aaron Dysart

Public Art Saint Paul is proud to announce the airing of a documentary of its Sustainable Artmaking Fellowship Program The Sustainability Equation: Between Creativity and Environmental Consciousness.  Produced by Public Art Saint Paul and developed by Jonathan Kranzler.  The Sustainability Equation follows our sustainable artmaking fellows Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Janna Schneider, Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad of BodyCartography Project, and Aaron Dysart through their exploration of their own artmaking practice and consideration of dynamic new directions.

The documentary will also be aired on community cable stations throughout the state in the weeks and months ahead and is being send in DVD format to all studio arts departments in the state of Minnesota.

Airs on Channel 15:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, 11 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, 8 p.m.

  

Official Announcements

None

 

Faculty Shared Governance Council

Sept. 28, 2009

Mississippi Room

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Minutes

Members Present:

Coon Rapids:    Pat Johns, Luanne Kane, Michael Seymour, Darren Hoff, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Tom McCarthy, Kelly Befus, Lance Lund, Jennifer Bluth, Jim Biederman, Tom Hanson, Robbie McDonald, Melanie Waite-Altringer

A.    April minutes approved.

B.    New Business:

        1.    Policies

                a.    Policy 5J.4 Firearms - approved.

                b.    Policy 3B.4 Common Course Outline - changes approved.

                c.    Policy 5C.2 Lost and Found - approved with new update as follows:

                        The Lost and Found service is operated by the Public Safety department.

                        All other language will be moved to the proce`ure (which will be distributed for 2 week comment period).

                d.    Policy 5I.1 Contracts - approved with the revised statement:

                        *For information regarding other types of contracts or exceptions to the rule on authority, please contact Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Business Manager.

                e.    Policy 5G.2 Fees - changes to be made:

                        1.    Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio/Competency Review should be $50 per credit.

                        2.    NATS SD Trip (formerly GEOG 1103) - add clarification of summer term.

                f.    Policy 3C.1 Class Size - Kelsey Schwarzrock emailed the following revised proposal to Tom McCarthy.  Tom will forward the proposal to faculty and organize their responses for further discussion at the October FSGC meeting.  (See revised proposal below) 

Chapter 3:  Educational Services                                                                                                                  Revised Proposal to amend 09.30.09

Policy 3C.1 Class Size

 Course

 Proposed Class Size

Current Class Size 

 Faculty Rationale

Admin. Recommended Class Size 

 Admin. Rationale

 ANTH 2251

45

 30

 

 45

Suggested class size given to AASC

 ASL 1103

 45

   

 45

Appropriate size for active learning

 ASL 1120

 45

 

 

 45

Appropriate size for active learning

 BIOL 1100, Unifying Comcepts in Biology LAB

 

 31

 

 26

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.

 BIOL 1103, Environmental SciLAB

 

 31

 

 26

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.

 BIOL 1106, Principles of Biol LAB

 

 31

 

 26

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.

 BIOL 1107, Principles of Biology II LAB

 

 31

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

 BIOL 1110, Field Biology

 

28 

 

26 

 Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

BIOL 2113, A & P I LAB 

 

32 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

 BIOL 2114, A & P II LAB

 

32 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

 BIOL 2201, Microbiology LAB

 

32 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.

BIOL 2202, Genetics LAB 

 

31 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.  

 BIOL 2206, Animal Biology LAB

 

 31

 

 26

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.  

 BIOL 2207, Plant Biology LAB

 

31 

 

26 

 Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

BIOL 2209, General Ecology LAB 

 

24 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab. 

 BMED 1100

35 

 

 

50 

Class is basic introductory course with majority of class as lecture.  BMED faculty concur. 

 BMED 2301 Risk Management and Assessment for Medical Devices

40 

 

Lecture 

50 

Lecture class 

 BMED 2320 Quality Management for Medical Devices

40 

 

Lecture 

50 

Lecture class 

 BMED 2510: Database Management for the Medical Device Industry

28 

 

Computer Course 

30 

Very hands on/writing intensive 

 BMED 2520: Technical Writing for Regulated Industries

28 

 

 Computer Course

30 

Very hands on/writing intensive 

 BUS 1102: Business Writing Essentials

28 

 

Writing course (to be offered in a computer classroom or online) 

30 

Very hands on/writing intensive 

 BUS 1121: Effective Business Presentations

30 

 

Intended for online delivery 

30 

Consistent with Speech courses 

 BUS 1145 Customer Service

 35

 

Instructor to student ratio of 35 allos for Substantive feedback on each project/assignment.

45 

 Course is blend of lecture/projects requiring substantive feedback

 BUS 2000: Individualized Education and Career Planning

30 

 

This class is being developed for origination as an online course.  The class maximum will be that of other online courses.

45 

Course may not always be offered online. 

 BUS 2010: Introduction to Human Resources

45 

 

 

45 

Lecture with appropriate time for classroom interaction. 

BUS 2015: Benefits and Compensation 

45 

 

 

45 

Lecture with appropriate time for classroom interaction. 

 BUS 2020: Employee Training and Development

 45

 

 

45 

Lecture with appropriate time for classroom interaction.  

 BUS 2025: Labor Relations

45 

 

 

45 

Lecture with appropriate time for classroom interaction.  

 BUS 2030: Human Resource Information Systems

45

 

 

45 

Lecture with appropriate time for classroom interaction.  

 BUS 2150 Innovative Leadership

40 

 

 Provides an opportunity for learner interaction in a classroom setting.

50 

Lecture class 

 BUS 2152 Principles of Lean

40 

 

Provides an opportunity for learner interaction in a classroom setting. 

 50

Lecture class 

 BUS 2154 Leading in a Lean Organization

 40

 

Provides an opportunity for learner interaction in a classroom setting.  

 50

 Lecture class

 BUS 2160 Coaching for Continuous Improvement

 40

 

Provides an opportunity for learner interaction in a classroom setting.  

 40

 Lecture and interactive; allows for substantive feedback

 BUS 2255: Computerized Project Management

28 

 

Limited by number of computers 

40 

Lecture and interactive; allows for susbstantive feedback 

 BUS 2280 Engagement and Internal Controls

35 

 

Instructor to student ratio of 35 allows for substantive feedback on each project/assignment. 

40 

Lecture and interactive; allows for substantive feedback 

 BUS 2284 RAP Exam Review

35 

 

Instructor to student ratio of 35 allows for substantive feedback on each project/assignment. 

 40

 Allows for necessary interaction with faculty member; allows for substantive feedback

 BUS 2285 Leadership Synthesis Project

40 

 

Provides an opportunity for learner interaction in a classroom setting. 

40 

 

 BUS 2900: Business Project

30 

 

This class is being developed for origination as an online course.  The class maximum will be that of other online courses.

40 

 May not always be offered as online.

 CHEM 1020, Interpretive Chemistry LAB

 

 31

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.   

CHEM 1061, Principles of Chem I LAB 

 

 31

 

 26

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.   

 CHEM 1062, Principles of Chem II LAB

 

31 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.   

 CHEM 2061, Organic Chem LAB

 

31 

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.   

 CHEM 2062, Organic Chem II LAB

 

 31

 

26 

Per national guidelines seated science labs will maintain a tally of 24 with a maximum class size of 26.  Prior to increasing the tally, administration will consult w/faculty to ensure safety in the lab.   

 CNET 1115 - IT and Data Assurance I

35 

 

Classroom Capacity 

 35

Max for effective teaching and learning of equipment 

 CNET 2125 - System Virtualization

 35

 

Classroom Capacity 

35 

Max for effective teaching and learning of equipment 

 CNET 2215 - Managing Network Security I

35 

 

Classroom Capacity 

35 

Max for effective teaching and learning of equipment 

 CNET 2320 - Unified Communications/Vol P

 35

 

Classroom Capacity 

 35

Max for effective teaching and learning of equipment 

 CSCI 1106 Fundamentals of Computer Science I LAB

 

 20

 

30 

Confirmation of summer change 

 CSCI 2253, Assembly Language Programming LAB

 

 20

 

30 

 Confirmation of summer change

 ENGL 2215: Special Studies in Literature

 50

 

This number is consistent with all other literature classes at ARCC 

 75

Consistent with other Literature offerings 

 ENGL 2251: Introduction to Screen and Playwriting

25 

 

Precedent for other ARCC creative writing courses 

 30

Developmental writing courses are at 30 and are writing intensive. 

 HPER 1108, Consumer Health

 45

 

To maximize learning of material. 

75 

Consistent with other HPER lecture courses 

 HPER 1109, Public Health

 45

 

To maximize learning with various teaching techniques. 

75 

Consistent with other HPER lecture courses 

 HPER 2230: Introduction to Sport Management

 30

 

Due to the number of different types of sports students are interested in it is necessary to give attention to each individual sport's issues related to management 

30 

 Same as faculty

HPER 2240: Coaching Theory

30

 

Due to the number of different types of sports students are interested in it is necessary to give attention to each individual sport's issues related to management

30

Same as faculty

HPER 2297: Field Experience and Seminar in HPER

25

To allow monitoring of students

25

Same as faculty

HUM 1211, Intro to German Culture

45

Consistent with Culture Classes

50

These three are cross-listed with Germ 1111, Fren 1111, and Chin 1111

HUM 1311, Intro to French Culture

45

Consistent with Culture Classes

50

These three are cross-listed with Germ 1111, Fren 1111, and Chin 1111

HUM 1411, Intro to Chinese Culture

45

Consistent with Culture Classes

50

These three are cross-listed with Germ 1111, Fren 1111, and Chin 1111

JOUR 2131: Reporting, Editing, and Writing for Online Publications

30

This is a writing intensive course requiring constant instructor feedback of blogs, articles, and features stories; this has been offered as online class and 30 is maximum for such offerings.

35

Aligns with other JOUR offerings.  Practical experience course so 35 would be max.  Class is now offered as an online class so is now offered at 30.

MUSC 1114, Preparation for Music Theory

50

Available classroom capacity.

50

Lecture class - consistent with other MUSC offerings - MUSC Theory I and II

MUSC 1149, Guitar Ensemble

30

Repetoire for Guitar Ensemble works best with 30 students or less.  This number would still allow for adequate instruction and attention to individual students.  Our current facilities would not be able to support much more than 30 students.

35

Ensemble size consistent with Musical Theatre Ensemble

MUSC 2151, AFA Performance Hour

54

Each student must have the opportunity to perform 3-5 minute solo piece during the 4 one-hour meetings.

54

Each student will have to perform 3-5 min. solo during 4 - one hour meetings

PHIL 1120, Environmental Ethics

50

Lecture

50

Lecture class - consistent with other PHIL offerings

PSYC 1110 General Psychology

 

12

Instructors typically use a combination of lecture and group activities which allows the learner objectives to be met satisfactorily in a class of 75.

PSYC 2235, Lifespan Development

45

Size of room

75

In line with other Psychology sections.

PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology

12

75

Instructors typically use a combination of lecture and group activities which allows the learner objectives to be met satisfactorily in a class of 75.

PTAC 1110, Communication and Documentation for the PTA

32

Maximum number accepted into PTA program as recommended by CAPTE accreditation board.

32

Class admission number

        2.    ARRA (Federal Stimulus Positions)

                a.    A list of new positions funded by federal stimulus money was distributed.  If faculty has any concerns they will contact their Dean.  The FSGC would like Pat Johns to move forward with the hiring of these positions.

                b.    The updated version includes:

1

 Higher Ed. Tutor Math (CR) - part-time Unlimited

0.75  Access and Opportunity grant  Provide in-class and ASC tutoring (developmental math). 
2

 Higher Ed. Tutor Math (CC) - part-time Unlimited

0.75  Access and Opportunity grant  Provide in-class and ASC tutoring (developmental math). 
3

 CLA 1 - Music/Theatre (CR) - full-time seasonal

0.75  Stimulus Coordinate equipment set-up and maintenance, and coordinate performances for music an theatre students.
4  CLA 1 - Chemistry (CR) - full-time seasonal 0.75  Stimulus Provide support for lab set-up, and tutoring (in lab and ASC) for evening and Saturday chemistry students.
5  CLA 1- CNET (CR) - full-time seasonal 0.75  Stimulus  Provide support for lab set-up and in-class and independed lab tutoring for CNET students (both credit and non-credit). 
6  Higher Ed. Tutor CNET (CC) - part-time seasonal 0.40 Stimulus  Provide in-class and in-lab tutoring for CNET students. 
7  CLA 1 ART (CR) - full-time seasonal 0.75  Stimulus  Provide support for lab set-up for evening and Saturday courses and open lab times. 

*

8

 Higher Ed. Tutor Math (CR) - full-time seasonal 0.75  Access and Opportunity grant  Provide in-class and ASC tutoring to college-level and above math students. 
9  Higher Ed. Tutor Math (CR) - full-time seasonal 0.75 Stimulus Provide in-class and ASC tutoring for writing students (primary focus: EAP/ELL/ESL and developmental education students).
10  Higher Ed. Tutor Math (CC) - full-time seasonal

0.50 

Access and Opportunity grant  Provide in-class and ASC tutoring to college-level and above math students. 
11  Higher Ed. Tutor Writing (CC) - full-time seasonal 0.50  Stimulus  Provide in-class and ASC tutoring for writing students. 
12 Management Analyst - online learning 1.00 Stimulus Provide collegewide, high-level faculty and staff support in line with the college's vision for online learning, academic technologies, and course design.

C.    Information:

        1.    Policy and Procedure Flowchart - approved with the addition of boxes for AASC and FSGC under Distribution to Constituent Heads.

        2.    Service Awards - developing consistent criteria - Pat is putting together a group to analyze the process for service awards.  Tom announced that Jill Gromberg will be the faculty representative for this group.  An amount needs to be determined on how much we want to spend on service awards.  Faculty and staff will have someone from each campus on this committee.

        3.    Considerations regarding adding students to classes - discussion surrounded the number of students in each classroom and the procedure in how students add classes.  Classroom size should be considered when adding students; however, Mike Seymour stated that there are no fire code restrictions for rooms under 1000 sq. feet.

D.    Meeting adjourned

Recorded by Laurie Lopez, UH & FA Secretary 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Approvals

  • Candace Blazek, 11/12-15/2009, AMATYC Conference, $324
  • Nina Bohrod, 11/12-15/2009 AMATYC Conference, $193
  • Alexandra Verkhovtseva, 11/12-15/2009, AMATYC Conference, $124
  • Tim Wrenn, 10/13/2009, ACM Professional and SIGSE Memberships, $124

Sunshine Committee & Social Amenities

  • A card and donation was sent to the Maggie Kircher's Memorial for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
  • A plant was sent to Deidra Peaslee.

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Scott Bay, $100
  • Catherine Bean, $100
  • Candace Blazek, $100
  • Tina Perpich, $100
  • Steven Restad, $100
Pause for Appreciation

Have someone in mind to recognize?  Send your submissions to Kally Kruchten to be included in an upcoming issue of the College Bulletin!

 

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 16: Nov. 9, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

College Hosts Fall of Berlin Wall Anniversary Event, Nov. 9

Celebrate Our Veterans at the Coon Rapids Campus

AFA Student in BIG Show

Music Faculty Member Sings with Minnesota Opera

Alternative Approach to Stress Reduction: Aromatherapy and Shiatsu

Why Yoga at Work?

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

President's Breakfast

College administrators met with leaders from East Central Minnesota, Oct. 28, to offer an update on the college and a discussion on community needs.  Attendees shared their appreciation for the college and especially the Cambridge Campus.  They were also interested in our new, flexible scheduling and the four-year options on both campuses.

 

 

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College Hosts Fall of Berlin Wall Anniversary Event, Nov. 9

College Faculty member, Stephan Peter, his political science students, art students and his brother, Johannes Peter, have collaborated to create an event in honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Monday, Nov. 9, noon-1:15 p.m., in the Coon Rapids Campus Cafeteria.

A replica of the Berlin Wall, created by students, and an exhibition of wall photos and pictures will form the backdrop for a live video conference with Johannes Peter, who will be reporting from Germany at Checkpoint Charlie, one of three checkpoints along the wall where people were registered by military forces before entering East Berlin.

"The fall of the Berlin Wall marks an important historical turning point in international relations, the end of an era," says Political Science Faculty member, Stephan Peter.  "The U.S. has been the winner but we've also been projected into a new era with more uncertainties than that of the Cold War."

Johannes Peter will share the happenings at the infamous checkpoint and the history of the wall.  A discussion will follow.

More About the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) to separate West Berlin from East Germany.The wall came to symbolize the Iron Curtain between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc.  Prior to the erection of the wall, 3.5 million East Germans had avoided Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions by escaping into West Germany, many over the border between East and West Berlin.  The wall included guard towers along large concrete walls circumscribing a wide area containing anti-vehicle trenches and other defenses.  This area came to be called the "death strip."  From the time the wall was erected in 1961 until it fell in 1989, approximately 5,000 people attempted to escape from the east to the west.  Estimated deaths range from 98 to 200 people.

 BErlin Wall Anniversary Event

College students (shown) paint a miniature Berlin Wall for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall.  The public is invited to view the wall and participate in a live video conference from Berlin Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus Cafeteria.

 

Celebrate Our Veterans at the Coon Rapids Campus

Please join Veteran Services on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Courtyard Commons, Coon Rapids Campus, as we honor our veterans.  There will be a U.S. Army Color Gaurd with a Presentation of the Colors accompanied by the playing of our National Anthem.  This will be followed by the Fallen Comrade Ceremony remembering all veterans who have given their lives for our country.

 
 

AFA Student in BIG Show

Work by associate in Fine Arts student, Arie Perry, will appear in Obsidian Arts visual arts survey of the cultural aesthetic of "sagging" pants.  "Love it, hate it, unaware of it..." visual artists, a blogger, and a poet contextualize the society that frames this cultural aesthetic.

The opeining reception is Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Join us as we open this show for public consuption with a live reception.  Meet the artists and ask them about their works.  The exhibit will run through Jan. 30, 2010.

Founded in 2003 Obsidian Arts operate a gallery, black art history library, and artists' development network.

Obsidian Arts is a library located in South Minneapolis at Pill House 3501 Chicago Ave S.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free.

For more information about Obsidian Arts click HERE or call 612-824-0708.

 

Music Faculty Member Sings with Minnesota Opera

Music Faculty member, Richard Joseph will appear in the chorus of the Minnesota Opera's 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento's "Casanova's Homecoming," Nov. 14 through 22.

"This opportunity gives me the chance to use and improve my skills," says Richard.  "It also gives me in-field experience that I can use to better prepare my students for their musical careers."

The warm-hearted comedy, "Casanova's Homecoming," was created by Minnesota's own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento in 1985 to open the Ordway Music Theatre.  It is based on the real-life memoirs of Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt.  Old rivals trick Casanova into seducing a castrato, who he discovers is actually a woman in disguise.  Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity.

The opera is performed in English with English subtitles.

For more information about the production, including tickets click HERE.

If you have an upcoming exhibit or performance, please let Kally Kruchten know so it can be posted in this publication.

 Richard Joseph

 

Alternative Approach to Stress Reduction: Aromatherapy and Shiatsu

Stress has been identified as the underlying cause of 80 percent of doctor visits in the U.S.  What are you doing to alleviate the stress in your life?

Jodi Baglien will demonstrate how to clear away those overwhelmed feelings and find balance in your body, boost your energy, using both Shiatsu and Aromatherapy.  Reducing stress is a powerful way to improve your immune system, sleep better, reduce pain and avoid digestive upsets.

Jodi Baglien is a Mind Body Practitioner, certified in both Shiatsu Therapy and Clinical Aromatherapy.  Jodi offers a range of wellness services, has developed a professional line of essential oil products, conducts Wellness at Work programs, and teaches Essential Oil Therapies at both Normandale and Anoka-Ramsey Community Colleges, Fairview Health Systems and other Metro locations.  She is the Midwest Regional Director for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, which strives to advance research and professionalism within the aromatherapy industry.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at the Coon Rapids Campus in the Mississippi Room with ITV to E202 at the Cambridge Campus, noon to 1 p.m.  For more information visit the Wellness Works Web site.

 

Why Yoga at Work?

Yoga at work is a low-cost and innovative solution for companies wanting to reduce health care expenses, relieve workplace stress, and promote employee well-being.

The performance of a business depends on the performance of its key assets - employees.  Healthy employees are more productive.

Workplace Benefits:

  • Improves concentration and ability to multi-task;
  • Reduces multiple costs of stress-related illnesses and absenteeism;
  • Improves employee alterness, productivity and ability to react more calmly in demanding situations;
  • Relieves head/neck/back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure, and work-related injuries from repetetive motion and/or lifting and moving objects;
  • Creates better customer service;
  • Enhances employee attitude and outlook; and
  • Promotes well-being in the workplace and reduces employee turnover.

Join the yoga sessions on your campus!

Coon Rapids Campus

Tuesdays

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Gym 108

Cambridge Campus

Thursdays

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

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Official Announcements

Proposal

Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5H.2 Refund of Tuition and Fees RATIONALE: Add total and Partial Withdrawl definintion.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Web Page until Nov. 16, 2009.

 

 Academic Affairs and Standards Council

October 23, 2009

MINUTES

Committee members present:  Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Mary Januschka, Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Kim Lynch, Nora Morris (alternate), Patty Pieper, Deb Shepherd (alternate), Mark Widdel, and Karl Wielgus

Guests present:  Natasha Baer, Melissa Bergstrom, Sheila Judd, Sheila Paul, Robin Robatcek and Jill Snippen

Recorder:  Valerie Knight

I.     September 18, 2009 Minutes were approved electronically.

II.    Proposals approved:

  • Computer Networking and Telecommunications - Program Review CS-01-FY10 Program review submission.  Rationale: Up for review.  APPROVED.
  • Computer Science - Program Review CS-02-FY10 Program review submission.  Rationale: Up for review.  APPROVED with edits: Change AA to AS for the type of program.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Program Review ES-03-FY10 Program review submission.  Rationale: Up for review.  APPROVED.
  • AA w/emphasis in Psychology - Change a program SS-02-FY10 Modify student learning goals and approve program assessment plan.  Rationale: Not part of original submission as required.  APPROVED.
  • Fitness Specialist Certificate - Change a program W-06-FY10 Add an exercise phisiology class, add a field experience courses and adrop elective credits by three.  Rationale: Add more of what students need to be recognized as a fitness specialist.  APPROVED.
  • HPER 1123: Outdoor Activities - Add a new course W-08-FY10 Change from an 1189 to a new course.  Rationale: This class was successfully offered for 3 semesters and can no longer be an experimental course.  APPROVED with questions.  Deidra Peaslee will be consulted regarding the course fee being added.
  • HPER 2206: Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology - Add a new course W-05-FY10 Add a course.  Rationale: Provide students with a more in-depth learning experience in the Fitness Specialist Certificate Program.  APPROVED with edits: in description change semi-colon to a colon.
  • HPER 2207: Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription - Change a course W-07-FY10 Add a prerequisite to the course.  Rationale: There is a lack of general knowledge that needs to be addressed by a new course.  APPROVED.
  • HPER 2296: Field Experience and Seminar - W-09-FY10 Add a course.  Rationale: Provide students with a more in-depth learning experience in the Fitness Specialist Certificate Program.  APPROVED.
  • MUSC 1123: Piano Proficiency Preparation - Change a course A-07-FY10 Remove permission of instructor as prerequisite.  Rationale: Prerequisite presents too big of a barrier for students actually registering for the course who need it.  APPROVED.
  • MUSC 2135: Intro to Music Therapy, Techniques and Materials - Change a course A-06-FY10 Add a 2 cr. section to the existing 3cr. course for non-musicians.  Add course to MnTC Goal Area 6.  Revise Learner Outcomes to reflect this new designation for 2-cr. vs. 3-cr. and clarify gerneral education themes in course.  Rationale: Collaboration w/IHH certificate program to imclude a 2-cr. version of this existing course; the same option could be extended to other students as a gen. ed. experience while maintaining the performance/skill demonstrations needed for music majors transferring the course as part of a music therapy degree.  APPROVED with edits: change "section" to "option."
  • MUSC 2145: Chamber Ensembles - Change a course A-08-FY10 Remove permission of instructor as prerequisite.  Rationale: Prerequisite presents too big of a barrier for students actually registering for the course who need it.  APPROVED.

III.   Proposals tabled until November:

  • Academic Program Improvement - Academic Procedure ES-04-FY10 Procedural language from the current program review policy is moved into this new procedure.  Additional information is also included, which was part of a procedure that was drafted several years ago but never adopted as a formal college procedure.  A listing of specific degree is omitted from the procedure, with a reference instead to the current inventory of approved college programs.  There is also a new requirement for disciplines within the liberal arts to provide an annual report as part of the budgeting and planning process.  Rationale: No procedure currently exists.  The additions to the existing policy language will clarify the program review process.  The elimination of the list of approved programs will limit the frequent changes to the procedure based on changes in approved programs.  The new annual reporting requirement for liberal arts disciplines will improve planning in disciplines and will streamline the process for conducting a full review of the AA every 3-4 years.  Much discussion took place resulting in a decision to re-write it in a way that will more clearly explain the collaborative nature of the program review.
  • Integrated Health and Healing - Program Review IHH-10-FY10 Program review submission.  Rationale: Up for review.
  • IHH 1105 Intro to Massage/Reflexology - Add a new course IHH-01-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 1110: Aromatherapy - Add a new course IHH-02-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 1200: Holistic Hospice and Pallative Care - Add a new course IHH-03-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 1205: Cross Cultural Issues Related to Dying - Add a new course IHH-04-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 201 implementation.
  • IHH 1300: The Aging Transformation: Issues for Consideration - Add a new course IHH-05-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 1305 Integration of Holistic Therapies in Geriatric Care - Add a new course IHH-06-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 2110: Optimal Healing Environments - Add a new course IHH-07-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 2280: Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-08-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
  • IHH 2285: Holistic Geriatric Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-09-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.

 IV.   Discussion items:

  • A suggestion was made to store the program review in E-Folio.
  • An Abstract should contain more statistical results to support conclusions (e.g., graduation rates, employment status, and wages).  The committee would like a "model" to be developed that could be followed for all Abstracts.  Nora Morris will provide this by the November meeting.
  • It was decided that an Abstract is not sufficient information for the committee to approve a program review.  A full Program Review should be made available to the committee electronically before the meeting.
  • A memo from Linda Baer was discussed.  The date has been moved up that all AA programs must meet the 60/120 requirement by the end of the current academic year.
  • In order to be able to meet the credit limit for all AA with emphasis courses, it might be possible to include some program courses as required MnTC courses.  The committee thought this would be a possible solution.  Jim Biederman and Deidra Peaslee will develop a proposal for this for next month's meeting.

V.    Information items:

        ICBE 1101 - ES-02-FY10 Course fee approved by FSGC was left off of the CCO approved in September.  Revised CCO was distributed for informational purposes.

        ART1189: Introduction to Printmaking - Approve an Experimental/Topics Course A-13-FY10 - Add studio class in basic printmaking as a 2-D offering.  Rationale: Presently not available, the class would help balance out the number and depth of 3-D offerings.  Printmaking is a bridge between 2-D and 3-D mediums.  APPROVED once pre-requisite is removed and put under the "Recommended skills" line.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Joyce Traczyk, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

I think I speak on the behalf of many when I want to show my appreciation to Kirk Young.  Kirk is always ready, willing, and able to tackle just about any project you ask him to take on.  Along with his willingness to always help, he has a great attitude and seems to really enjoy his work...and it shows in the work he does!

Thank you, Kirk!

-Joyce Traczyk

 

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 17: Nov. 16, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Plant the Seed and STEM Will Grow

Mixed Blood's Theatre "Theory of Mind" Visits Coon Rapids Campus

Thank You to Campus Campaigners

Get Diverse at Upcoming Events

Anoka-Ramsey Honors Veterans

Berlin Wall Fall Anniversary Event at Coon Rapids Campus Draws Crowd

Music Department Hosts Faculty Recital, Nov. 24

OH, Baby!

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Agenda

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Legislators Visit to Review Capital Budget Requests

Last Monday, Nov. 9, 13 members of the House Capital Investment Committee and staff as well as MnSCU personnel, Sally Grans-Korsh and Melissa Fahning visited the Coon Rapids Campus for a tour and review of Anoka-Ramsey's three projects on MnSCU's FY 2010 Capital Budget Request:

  • HEAPR Repair and Replacement
    • College Services Building and Library - HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning)
    • Fine Arts Building Renovation Phase 2
    • Bioscience & Allied Health Addition

    The college's Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Mary Jacobson and Management Analyst Kelsey Schwarzrock gave the tour and thanked the legislators for funding phase one of the Fine Arts Renovation (Visual Arts Center).  They also highlighted the college's environmental consciousness, stewardship of state assets and consistent fiscally responsible decision-making during their presentation.

    Representatives in attendance included: Lyndon Carlson, Sr., Karen Clark, Denise Dittrich, Alice Hausman (Committee Chair), Melissa Hortman, Larry Howes, Al Juhnke, Morrie Lanning, Tim Mahoney, Bev Scalze, Peggy Scott, Loren Solberg and Jean Wagenius. 

     Capital Budget Investment Tour

    Thirteen legislators and their staff visited the Coon Rapids Campus, Monday, Nov. 9 for a tour to review the college's three projects on MnSCU's FY2010 Capital Budget Request.

    College Service Award Committee Volunteers Needed

    The college is in need of volunteers to serve on the newly established College Service Award Committee.  If you are interested, please contact your constituent head.

    The following are previously appointed members:

        Chair:    Darren Hoff (appointed by President Johns)

        Coon Rapids Faculty:    Jill Gromberg (selected by Coon Rapids Faculty Association)

        Other members:    Kally Kruchten (appointed by President Johns)

    The purpose of the committee is as follows:

    • Clarify existing criteria for earning a Service Award
    • Determine necessary changes in existing criteria for Service Awards
    • Develop specified Service Award process for consistency
    • Establish ongoing criteria for Service Awards
    • Establish process for ensuring all eligible employees receive awards
    • Implement new criteria for fall 2010

    The committee will be established as permanent for two years in order to review the effectiveness of the established criteria and process after implementation.

    Thank you for your consideration to serve on an Anoka-Ramsey Community College committee!

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    Plant the Seed and STEM Will Grow

    Last spring, Anoka-Ramsey Community College received a $28,076 grant from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to create the Success Stepping Into College (SSIC) Summer Bridge Program, a pilot program offering mini-courses in biology, math, computer science, and college success skills to underrepresented high school students interested in STEM fields. 

    Students were introduced to educational pathways and careers in STEM fields through guest speaker presentations and field trips to St. Cloud State University, 3M Corporation, and Great River Energy.

    Because the faculty had only a brief, three-month span between obtaining the funding and the start date of SSIC, they had little time to recruit the target population, says Math Faculty member, Megan Breit-Goodwin, who served as project director.  So the 31 underserved students who showed up for SSIC wanted to attend college but were not necessarily interested in a STEM career path.

    However, after three weeks of SSIC, some of the 27 students who completed the program changed their minds, according to Megan.  Responses to an exit questionnaire indicated 81 percent felt SSIC helped them prepare for college STEM courses; 63 percent believed SSIC encouraged them to take STEM courses in college; and 44 percent considered pursuing a STEM career.

    Great work, Megan and staff!

    Read more about the STEM and Anoka-Ramsey's program in the National Science Teachers Newsletter here in PDF format.

     

    Mixed Blood Theatre's "Theory of Mind" Visits Coon Rapids Campus

    Mixed Blood Theatre brings "Theory of Mind," its new play about a young man with autism, to Anoka-Ramsey Community College for a performance, Monday, Nov. 16, 1 to 2 p.m.  The performance is sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism.

    "Theory of Mind" is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrait of Bill, a college-bound seventeen year-old with Asperger's Syndrome.  He is equipped with scholastic brialliance, but low emotional intelligence; keen self-awareness, but an inability to read social cues; and a charming directness.

    He is also uncertain about relationships, anxious about dating, and prone to taking everything he hears literally.  His outing with a girl from his school becomes a memorable, insightful look at the tugs, shifts and about-faces found on the autism spectrum.

    "Theory of Mind" is written by Ken LaZebnik, a veteran Mixed Blood company member whose other writing credits include "Touched by an Angel" and the Mixed Blood-produced plays "Calvanisms, League of Nations" and "Vestibular Sense," also about a young man with autism.  Staged by Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler, the production features Skyler Nowinski and Taj Ruler.

    The show is one of six culturally-specific productions toured annually by Mixed Blood, a Minneapolis-based multicultural theatre company founded in 1976.  The others include the Chicano cultural history "Minneacanos," the Martin Luther King biography; "Dr. King's Dream; Daughters of Africa," a music-driven history of African American women; and "African America," about at the modern African diaspora, makes its debuts in January.

    "Theory of Mind" begins at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 in the Performing Arts Center.  Please RSVP to Marcellus Davis or Joyce Traczyk as space is limited.

     

    Thank You to Campus Campaigners!

    When the campus campaign kicked off the first week of November, 26 faculty and staff were equipped with information to solicit their colleagues for gifts to this year's campus campaign.  Thank you to all of these faculty and staff for their belief in students, the campus foundation, and higher education.  Help "Say 'Yes' to Students."

    Coon Rapids Campus Campaigners
    Steve Restad, Campaign Co-Chair  Mary Bodelson  Bruce Bordwell  Jill Gromberg  Bruce Homann 
    John Ivanauskas Mark Lambert  MaryAnn Larios  Al Mamaril  Linda Miller 
    Patty Pieper Tim Sheehan  Fang-Yi Shen  Tracy Conklin  Louise Duff 
    Janine Forrer Carole Fuller Evelyn Gedde, Co-Chair Mary Jacobson Robin Johnson
    Don Long Jim Nieswaag Jan Pomeroy Sheila Provost Marilyn Quarberg
    Michael Wall

    Cambridge Campus Campaigners
    Dan Heinks, Co-Chair Barbara Prince  Brad Wold  Skip Ruis  Kelly Torok-Linder 
    Tina Venneman  Evelyn Gedde       

     

    Get Diverse at Upcoming Events

    The Office of Multiculturalism and Diversity is offering two events this week.  Check out one or both.

    Culturally Speaking: Ignorance of Assumptions between the U.S. and the Middle East

    Guest Speakers: Mary Coons and Maryam al Sheroogi

    Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

    1 to 2:15 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

    The Presentation will be shown via ITV to our Cambridge Campus in room F223 for the 1 to 2:15 p.m. presentation.  Refreshments will be provided at the Coon Rapids Campus.

    Diversity Lecture Series Presents: Untold Truths and Myths of American Indians: The Mis-Education of American Indians

    Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

    10 to 11:45 a.m., Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

    1 to 2:45 p.m.. Cambridge Campus, F203 (in conjunction with Susan Dunn's English Class)

     

    Anoka-Ramsey Honors Veterans

    Members of the Color Guard from the U.S. Army Blaine Recruiting Station including Staff-Sergeant Roy Mitchell, Staff-Sergeant John Roe, Staff-Sergeant Imaikop Etim, and Sergeant Isaac Dallager presented colors and performed the Empty Chair Fallen Comrade Ceremony in honor of Veteran's Day, *Nov. 12 at the Coon Rapids Campus.

    More than 50 people were on hand to recall the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made throughout U.S. history.

    "I believe it is important to recall our veterans, not only on Veterans Day or Memorial Day but, every time we may have the opportunity to take advantage of the freedoms and rights as citizens of the United States, their service provides," says Phil O'Donnell, the college's Director of Veteran and Access Services, and one organizer of the event.

    The event was organized by Phil O'Donnell, Brandy Eddings, Dan Potter, Ken Adams and Lacrestia Anderson. The group extend their appreciation to the visiting soldiers and staff: Simon Whitney, Joyce Traczyk and Taher Foods.

    If you have an event you would like to promote or recap, please let us know.

    *Because the college was closed for the holiday, the event was held a day after Veterans Day.

     

    Berlin Wall Fall Anniversary Event at Coon Rapids Campus Draws Crowd

    More than 150 students, staff and community members honored the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nov. 9 at the Coon Rapids Campus.

    Organized by college Political Science students and Faculty member, Stephan Peter, guest speakers included Representative Jerry Newton of District 49B, who served with NATO forces in Europe during the Cold War, as well as Peter's brother, Johannes Peter at Checkpoint Charlie in Germany via video conference.

    Displayed at the event was a replica of the Berlin Wall, created by Anoka-Ramsey Political Science and Art students.  The replica was based on an actual section of the wall, both in size and design.

    "The event was very authentic," says Peter.  "Having a live speaker at Checkpoint Charlie intersection, attendees were able to see the original 'You are leaving the American sector' sign, the sandbags and U.S. guard house.  There was even a Berlin college student dressed up as a U.S. general.  I hope those who attended got a sense that they were part of history themselves." 

     Fall of the Berlin Wall Anniversary Event

     

    Music Department Hosts Faculty Recital, Nov. 24

    The Coon Rapids Campus College Music Department invites all staff and faculty to a free recital, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. at the college's Performing Arts Center.

    This year's recital will showcase the talents of Music faculty members:

    • Richard Joseph, a tenor, performing songs by Verdi, Bolcom, Richard Hundley from "Jekyll and Hyde: and Josh Groban;
    • Fang-Yi Shen, a cellist, performing virtuosic cello music from the 19th century including Eccles, Schubert, and Paginini and;
    • Joyce Jenseon, a pianist

    If you have an upcoming event, please let us know!

     

    Fang-Yi Shen (shown) will be one of three Music Faculty members performing in a free recital, Nov. 24.

     

    OH, Baby!

    Kate Hostnick-Harper welcomed a beautiful baby boy into her family last week, Joseph Edward.  He weighed in at 9 lbs. and 7 oz. and was 21 inches long.  Mom and baby are both doing well.  Congratulations to Kate and her family!

     Baby Hostnick-Harper

     

    Official Announcements

    None

     

    Academic Affairs and Standards Council
    November 20, 2009
    Mississippi Room and ITV to E202
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    AGENDA

    I.     October 23, 2009 Minutes were approved electronically.

    II.    Revisit Tabled Proposals:

    • Academic Program Improvement - Academic Procedures ES-04-FY10 Procedural language from the current program review policy is moved into this new procedure.  Additional information is also included, which was part of a procedure that was drafted several years ago but never adopted as a formal college procedure.  A listing of specific degrees is omitted from the procedure, with a reference instead to the current inventory of approved college programs.  There is also a new requirement for disciplines within the liberal arts to provide an annual report as part of the budgeting and planning process. Rationale: No procedure currently exists.  The additions to the existing policy language will clarify the program review process.  The elimination of the list of approved programs will limit the frequent changes to the procedure based on changes in approved programs.  The new annual reporting requirement for liberal arts disciplines will improve planning in disciplines and will streamline the process for conducting a full review of the AA every 3-4 years.  Much discussion took place resulting in a decision to re-write it in a way that will more clearly explain the collaborative nature of the program review.
    • Integrated Health and Healing - Program Review IHH-10-FY10 Program review submission.  Rationale: Up for review.
    • IHH 1105: Intro to Massage/Reflexology - Add a new course IHH-01-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 1110: Aromatherapy - Add a new course IHH-02-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Ratinoale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 1200: Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care - Add a new course IHH-03-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to deveop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 1205: Cross Cultural Issues Related to Dying - Add a new course IHH-04-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 201 implementation.
    • IHH 1300: The Aging Transformation: Issues for Consideration - Add a new course IHH-05-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 1305: Integration of Holistic Therapies in Geriatric Care - Add a new course IHH-06-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 2110: Optimal Healing Environments - Add a new course IHH-07-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    •  IHH 2280: Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-08-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
    • IHH 2285: Holistic Geriatric Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-09-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.

    III.   New Proposals:

    • Associate in Arts Program - Change a program ES-05-FY10 Reduce total number of credits needed for the Associate of Arts degree to 60 credits.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate.
    • ART 1107: Intro to Art History I - Change a course A-14-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 1108: Intro to Art History II - Change a course A-09-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 1115: Design I - Basic Visual Theory - Change a course A-01-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 1117: 3-Dimensional Design - Change a course A-05-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 1165: Photography I: Beginning Black and White Photography - Change a course A-05-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 1141: Drawing I - Change a course A-03-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 2241: Painting - Change a course A-02-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 2241: Ceramics I - Change a course A-04-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.
    • ART 2261: Sculpture I - Change a course A-06-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.

    IV.    Discussion items:

    V.     Information items:

    Committee members: Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Sandy DeMontille (alternate), Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Luanne Kane (alternate), Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Kim Lynch, Nora Morris (alternate), Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd (alternate), Mark Widdel, Karl Wielgus

    Gusts: Rhonda Kern and Jill Snippen

    Recorder: Valerie Knight

     

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Staff Development Approvals

    • Carole Fuller, Passion, Purpose & a Paycheck! Career Transitions, $120
    • Steve Jones, Passion, Purpose & a Paycheck!, $160
    • Sheila Judd, Midwest Worksite Health Promotion Conference, $149
    • Cynthia Schulz, PowerPoint Basic 2007, $149

    Social Amenities

    A card and Target gift cards were sent to Judy Bemmels and Kate Hostnick-Harper.

    Wellness Funds Approvals

    • Charlotte Lindahl, $100
    • Laura Migliorino, $100

     

    Pause for Appreciation

    Have someone in mind you would like to appreciate?  Send your submissions to Kally Kruchten!

     

     

    Volume XXXVI, No. 18: Nov. 23, 2009

     Thoughts from Pat Johns

    Call Center for Improved Service

    Music Department Welcomes New Lab Assistant

    Humanities Faculty Recognized with Prestigious Award

    Support Ceramics Students, Get Unique Holiday Gifts at Raffle, Dec. 2

    Cambridge Campus Choir Hosts Free Holiday Concert, Dec. 3

    Show Your Holiday Spirit!  Join College Veterans, Honor Society, Student Groups and Alumni to Meet Charity Needs

    Men's Soccer Team Honored for First Year Accomplishments

    Culturally Speaking Events Engage Nearly 200 People

    Students Swarm for "Robber Bridegroom" Auditions

    Official Announcements

    Faculty Shared Governance Committee Minutes

    Faculty Shared Governance Committee Agenda

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Pause for Appreciation

     

    Thoughts from Pat Johns

    Sabbaticals Applications Received for 2010-2011

    The following sabbatical applications for 2010-2011 were received by the deadline date.  If any of the information below is not accurate, please contact Pat Johns.

    Fall & Spring 2010-2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2011
    Betsy Allen DiFabio Nursing  Kristin Klamm-Doneen Philosophy  Angie Anderson  Speech 
    Scott Ford Speech      Mary Kay Becker  Nursing 
    Jennifer Friestad  Marketing & General Business    Mark Lambert  Visual Arts 
    Tom Hanson Sociology      Kirsten Olsen  Sociology 
    Roberta McDonald Business, General & Computer/Office Systems Management       
    Karl Wielgus Sociology
    Wendy Zins Health

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    Call Center for Improved Service

    Several student service areas across the college were inundated with prospects and returning students just before the start of fall semester.  To beef up customer service and take some of the pressure (related to incoming calls) off of the offices during the rush of spring semester enrollment/registration, the college is implementing a temporary Call Center in C140 on the Coon Rapids Campus.  Some intermittent and temporary employees will staff the Call Center, Nov. 30, 2009 through Jan. 29, 2010, and training began the week of Nov. 16.  The schedule of service hours is being developed.  The Call Center extension is x1675.

     

    Music Department Welcomes New Lab Assistant

    The Coon Rapids Campus Music Department recently welcomed Dan Noraker as a new lab assistant. 

    In his new position, Dan will coordinate music concerts, monitor music equipment, coordinate purchases for music and tutor music students.

    "I want to help improve the learning experience of the students and help in any way I can to allow the faculty to work more efficiently and effectively," Dan says.

    Dan holds a bachelor of science in Music Education from North Dakota State University; he has also taken graduate classes in French Horn performance at Indiana University-Bloomington.

    Prior to coming to Anoka-Ramsey, Dan was a cast member in the original London cast of "Blast!," a private lesson teacher, substitute teacher, instructor and marching band director at Blaine High School.

    "I began this fall as the French horn instructor and found out about this job opening," says Dan of the new position. "I really enjoyed getting to know the faculty and thought that I would like working here. Also, I only live about five minutes away and hate commuting!"

    Dan is married and has a two-year old son. He is active in his church as a drummer for the worship band, and a self-described "car guy" with an auto detailing business in his garage year-round.

    Dan would like his co-workers to know: "I'm an easy-going guy and enjoy getting to know people."

    Welcome, Dan!

     

    Humanities Faculty Recognized with Prestigious Award

    Humanities Faculty member, Kirsten Dierking was recently recognized by the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) with their Building Bridges Award in Education.

    Dierking was presented the award for her efforts in her "Women in a Global Perspective" course which examines issues of gender and cultural diversity around the world.

    "My students consistently comment that these dialogues are key to correcting inaccurate perceptions of Islam as a whole, and particularly misconceptions regarding the lives of Muslim women," says Dierking.

    "I interact with many attorneys and judges," says attourney Imani Jaafar-Mohammad, who presented at the award ceremony. "Kirsten's students are more educated about islam and Muslims than many attorneys and judges I give presentations to."

    Please let us know if you have received any recognition for the great work you do!

     Humanities Faculty Member Kirsten Dierking

     

    Support Ceramics Students, Get Unique Holiday Gifts at Raffle, Dec. 2

    In the tradition of student support, art work by Coon Rapids Campus Art Faculty members, Mark Lambert and Mary Roettger, along with work by friends of the college, will be raffled to raise funds for the Perpetual Clay Scholarship, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Campus.  The Perpetual Clay Invitational Potter Exhibit is up in the showcase in the Great River Gallery right now.

    Tickets sold for $50 are drawn first, followed by tickets for $20.  Everyonen purchasing a ticket will leave with an original piece of art.

    Perpetual Clay was chosen for the scholarship's name because recipients are required to donate a piece of their own work to a future raffle to keep the funds in the scholarship at a certain level and insure it continues perpetually. The sale of recycled clay by the college Art Department also funds the scholarship.

    For more information about the raffle/auction or to purchase a raffle ticket, contact Mark Lambert at 763-433-1307.

     Ceramic work by Jeff Oestreich

    Ceramics work by Art Faculty members Mark Lambert and Mary Roettger, along with work by friends of the college such as Jeff Oestreich (shown) will be raffled Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Campus, Rm. SC272.  For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, call 763-433-1307.

     

    Cambridge Campus Choir Hosts Free Holiday Concert, Dec. 3

    The Cambridge Campus Guitar Ensemble and Concert Choir is ready to entertain faculty, fellow students and the public at its free, annual holiday concert, Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Rm. G202 Lecture Hall.

    Directed by college Music Faculty members, Eric Anderson and Sharri VanAlstine, the ensemble and choir will perform songs of the season.

    Choir, a mixed choral ensemble, is offered to students as either an activity or for credit. The group performs concerts each semester.

    For more information about the concert or the college's music programs visit the Anoka-Ramsey homepage or call 763-433-1255.

     

    Show Your Holiday Spirit!  Join College Veterans, Honor Society, Student Groups and Alumni to Meet Charity Needs

    The Coon Rapids Campus Cheer for the Holidays Food Drive and Toys for Tots drive combined forces this year in hopes of driving more charitable giving.

    Starting on Nov. 16, students, faculty, staff and visitors at the Coon Rapids Campus began collection sites for the two holiday programs.

    Cheer for the Holidays is the Phi Theta Kappa chapter's name for their annual food drive to benefit local families needing help in providing a festive holiday meal.  Donations are collected by Christmas Committee, Inc., a local non-profit organization that distributes literally tons of food and 10,000 toys to 1,400 families and 100 homebound people from Anoka County each holiday season.

    Anoka-Ramsey's Veterans' Services Center is acting as liaison for Toys for Tots, the national collection and distribution program coordinated by the U.S. Marine Corps. New, unwrapped toys are requested, and will be distributed in the area's local communities. An interesting intersection of purposes for the two programs does exist; according to the Christmas Committee's Website, Toys for Tots contributes some of the toys distributed at the Anoka Armory by Christmas Committee, Inc. each year.

    Place food and unwrapped toys in the bins around the Coon Rapids Campus.

    Four Drop-Off Sites

    1. Across from Instititional Advancement
    2. Business/Nursing Bulge
    3. Veterans Services Office Rm. L124
    4. Therapeutic and Holistic Health Center (corner of Coon Rapids Blvd. and Round Lake Blvd.)

    In addition to the chance to donate food and toys, volunteers will be needed to help sort, organize and give out the donations, Dec. 15 through 18.

    For more information contact Phi Theta Kappa President Angela Kealey.

    Trohpy for Cheer

    There is a traditional competition between the students and employees for the amount of food raised.  Each site will have two labeled food bins, and a trophy (shown) will now be awarded to the winners!

     

    Men's Soccer Team Honored for First Year Accomplishments

    Region XIII Champions

     Region XIII Champions

    The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men's Soccer team pause for applause Nov. 19 after officially being recognized by Anoka-Ramsey for their great first season which resulted in the Region XIII Championship Oct. 24.

    Special Recognitions for Soccer Team

    Special Recognition for Soccer Team 

    Men's soccer players (from left) Henok Woldeyes, Zennah Neanue, Anthony Keller, and Mulenga Kapungulya were singled out for the Region Region XIII Men's Soccer All-Region Team, while President Pat Johns helps hold the team award.  The Head Men's and Women's Soccer Coach, Brady Eichhorn-Hicks (far right) was also recognized as Region XIII Coach of the Year.

     

    Culturally Speaking Events Engage Nearly 200 People

    Nearly 100 students and staff collectively attended two presentations by the college's Department of Diversity and Multiculturalism's "Culturally Speaking: Untold Truths and Myths of American Indians," Nov. 19, featuring guest speaker, Dakota elder Dave Larsen (shown).

    In collaboration with the college's Alumni Relations Department and its Director, Michael Wall, Diversity and Multiculturalism Director, Marcellus Davis also hosted two presentations of "Culturally Speaking: Ignorance of Assumptions between the U.S. and Middle East" event held Nov. 17.  The two presentations drew approximately 80 audience members as alumna guest speaker, Mary Coons presented information about Arabic culture and solutions to lead to peace between the U.S. and Middle East.

    Watch here and the college Web site for more timely events hosted by the Department of Diversity and Multiculturalism and the Department of Alumni Relations.

     Culturally Speaking presenter Dave Larsen

     

    Students Swarm for "Robber Bridegroom" Auditions

    According to Blayne Lemke, Theatre Faculty member and director of the Coon Rapids Campus winter musical, "The Robber Bridegroom," 52 students (such as the ones shown here) lined up for auditions Nov. 18.

    "Many of the students were auditioning for their first time," says Blayn. "I wanted to provide them with a good first experience of how the process works."

    "The Robber Bridegroom" will be performed at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center, Feb. 4 and 5, and Feb. 10, 11, 12 and 13.

     "The Robber Bridegroom" Auditions

     

    Official Announcements

    None

    Faculty Shared Governance Council
    10/26/2009
    Mississippi Room 2:00-400 p.m.
    Minutes

    Members present:

    Coon Rapids:    Pat Johns, Luanne Kane, Michael Seymour, Darren Hoff, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Tom McCarthy, Kelly Befus, Lance Lund, Jennifer Bluth, Jim Biederman, Tom Hanson, Robbie McDonald, Melanie Waite-Altringer, Nora Morris

    A.    September minutes were approved with the correction of adding the Section number back into Policy 5J.4 Firearms: Section 624.714, Subd. 1a under Part 4. Exceptions, Subpart B.  Authorized uses, #3.

    B.    Old Business:

            1. Class Sizes

                a. ENG 2251 - Mike Seymour will check with the English Department on dialogue surrounding the class size.  Add to the November agenda for further discussion.

                b. BUS classes - Luanne Kane will revisit the administration recommended class size and provide rationale to the committee at the November meeting.

                c. CHEM 2061 and CHEM 2062 Organic Lab classes - class size will be 20 with the tally of 18.

                d. All other class sizes were ok.

    C.    New Business

            1. Faculty appraisal process

                a. Administration distributed a proposal for a new faculty appraisal process.  Further discussion was put on hold until the November meeting.

            2. Fall 2010 faculty hiress

                a. Administration distributed criteria for new faculty positions.  Conversations will be held in the Division meetings, with positions agreed upon at the November meeting.

                b. Proposed positions for Fall 2010:

                    1. Math - 1 college-wide

                    2. English - 1

                    3. Chemistry - 1

                    4. Business - 1 college-wide

                    5. Psychology - 1 college-wide

                    6. Nursing - 1

                    7. Others being considered:

                        a. Speech (need fall numbers to evaluate)

                        b. CNET

            3. Future of faculty division coordinators

                a. Faculty division coordinators should facilitate discussions with faculty, then bring feedback to the FSGC committee.

                b. Discussion on options surrounding the facilitator/coordinator positions.

                c. Discussion on improving communication with the 2 faculty presidents.

            4. Lap-top computers for faculty

                a. Kim Lynch will forward email regarding lap-top process/ideas to Tom McCarthy.

                b. Tom McCarthy will bring feedback and options to the November FSGC meeting.

            5. Online office hours for online classes

                a. Discussion regarding the pro's and con's of a standard college-wide policy.

                b. Jim Biederman will forward the correct wording that is now being used to Pat Johns.

                c. Add to the November agenda for further discussion.

    D.    Informational

            1. Strategic & Work Plan Objectives

                a. Administration distributed the Strategic and Work Plan Objectives.

                b. Discussion on initiatives from Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Strategic Plan from last year and the current MnSCU requirements.

            2. Topics not discussed due to time constraints.  Add to November agenda:

                a. Faculty requests for reimbursement.

                b. Grade deadlines for compressed classes.

    E.    Meeting adjourned

    Recorded by Laurie Lopez, UH & FA Secretary

     

    Faculty Shared Governance Council Meeting Agenda
    November Agenda
    Coon Rapids Campus: Mississippi Room, Monday, November 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Cambridge Campus: F117, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 1:15 p.m.

    I.    Approval of October Minutes

    II.   Old Business

            A. Future of faculty division coordinators

            B. Online office hours for online classes

            C. Class sizes: English 2251 and the Business classes on the original list

            D. Faculty appraisal process

            E. Fall of 2010 faculty hires

            F. Grade submission deadline policy for accelerated courses

    III.  New Business

            A. Auditorium naming at Cambridge (G201 and 202)

            B. Budget FY 2010-11

            C. POLICY 5H.2 Refund of Tuition and Fees

            D. POLICY 5J.1 Emergencies

            E. POLICY 5K.2 Travel by Students and Staff 

     

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Sunshine Committee

    • A card and a gift card were sent to Deidra Peaslee, Kate Hostnick-Harper and Terijo Jensen's husband.

    Wellness Funds Approvals

    • Megan Breit-Goodwin, $100
    • Kirsten Olsen, $100

     

    Pause for Appreciation

    This is a note of appreciation for Amanda Klawiter for her willingness to share her creations of posters, postcards and other information.  Thanks, Amanda!

     

     

    Volume XXXVI, No. 19: Nov. 30, 2009

     Thoughts from Pat Johns

    WOW! Counseling and Advising Center's Busy Start to Registration!

    World AIDS Week, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4

    K12 Healthcare Field Trip

    Culturally Speaking Event a Success

    OH, Baby!

    Official Announcements

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Pause for Appreciation

     

    Thoughts from Pat Johns

    College Now Offers Saturday College! Students May Earn a Degree or Transfer Credits Attending One Day a Week!

    Thanks to collaborative efforts of Kim Lynch, Tamara Arnott, the Deans of Educational Services, and Division Facilitators and Coordinators the college now offers an organized course schedule for students to earn their degree or complete their transfer curriculum all on Saturdays. This is a great addition to all the new flexible offerings at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.    

    Saturday College Press Release 

    Saturday College Web Page

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    WOW! Counseling and Advising Center's Busy Start to Registration!

    If it seems like it has been really busy around campus since registration for Spring semester began, that's because it is.  Check out these numbers:

    Cambridge Campus Counseling & Advising

    • 128 percent increase in numbers of those being assisted
    • Handled 335 walk-ins Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 compared to 147 appointments the same week last year

    Coon Rapids Campus Counseling & Advising

    • 35 percent increase in walk-ins since this time last year
    • Handled 3,520 walk-ins from Oct. 4 to Nov. 20
    • Handled 462 walk-ins on Nov. 20 alone

    Applications for College Admission

    • 12 percent increase since this time last year

     

    World AIDS Week, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4

    Check out all the displays and events going on during World AIDS Week on the Coon Rapids Campus!  Don't forget to visit the display in the BN Bulge for information and giveaways sponsored by the Student Activities Office and Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Gay Straight Alliance.

    The Age of AIDS Documentary

    Nov. 30 through Dec. 4

    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    BN Bulge, Coon Rapids Campus

    On the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS, FRONTLINE examines one of the worst pandemics the world has ever known in "The Age of AIDS."  After a quarter century of political denial and social stigma, of stunning scientific breakthroughs, bitter policy battles and inadequate prevention campaigns, HIV/AIDS continues to spread rapidly throughout much of the world, particularly in developing nations.  To date, some 30 million people worldwide have already died of AIDS.

    NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

    Nov. 30 through Dec. 4

    Two Sections are Displayed in Lower Level College Service Area

    These two sections are a portion of the enormous quilt that has 40,000 sections.  These sections are to memorialize and celebrate the lives of people who have died of AIDS related causes.

    FREE HIV Testing on World AIDS Day!

    Tuesday, Dec. 1

    1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

    Family Tree Clinic

    1619 Dayton Ave, Suite 205

    St. Paul, MN 55104

    Make your appointment today!  Results will be back within 20 minutes.

    MN AIDS Project Guest Speaker Patrice Koelsch

    Wednesday, Dec. 2 2 to 3 p.m.

    B203, Coon Rapids Campus

    Presentation on living with AIDS, prevention of AIDS, and treatment of AIDS by AIDSLine Community Educator.

     

    K12 Healthcare Field Trip

    The healthcare field trip for the Cambridge-Isanti Area 11th and 12th grade students, Friday, Nov. 20 at the Cambridge Campus was a huge success.

    The event included numerous stations where students could learn about various healthcare careers, a staged accident scene and a tour of an Allina helicopter.

    Student surveys indicated a great amount of excitement and interest in our current healthcare offerings.

    Event organizer, Natasha Baer would like to extend her sincere appreciation to the entire maintenance and IT staff as well as the others who helped make the event a success including:

    Gerald Gelle Jeff Knight Ed Norton  Deidra Peaslee  Skip Ruis 
    Patricia Giese Darin Nelson Sheila Paul Tina Perpich Karla Sand

     

    Culturally Speaking Event a Success

    On behalf of Michael Wall and myself [Marcellus Davis], I would like to extend a hand of gratitude for those that came out to show support for the Culturally Speaking: Ignorance of Assumptions between the U.S. and Middle East event held on Nov. 17, 2009.  Throughout the two presentations we had 80 audience members.  The information learned was valuable, necessary and timely.  Our Alumna guest Mary Coons presented good information about the Arab culture, and solutions to lead to peace between the U.S. and Middle East.  Mary's guest Maryam Al Shroogi flew 17 hours and is facing 7 years of imprisonment for writing an article to share her culture, life experiences, her knowledge and most of all her time with Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  This was truly a memorable moment for Anoka-Ramsey Community College. 

    I would also like to give a special thank you to the faculty members that brought their classes, passed on information to students or peers, or gave extra credit for the event as well as:

    All the Students who attended Facilities Marketing and Public Relations Mirjam Palmer
    Darren Hoff Information Technology Cindy Nutter Deb Rock, Taher Dining

     

    OH, Baby!

    Congratulations to Patricia Scofield and family on their new additions!  The twins were born on Thursday, Nov. 19 via c-section.  Taison Tawon Scofield was 5 pounds, 2 ounces and Danica Pinfa Scofield was 4 pounds and 10 ounces.  Both the babies and mom are doing great!

    Scofield Twins

     

    Official Announcements

    Action Items

    • Computer Networking and Telecommunications, Program Review, CS-01-FY10
    • Computer Science, Program Reivew, CS-02-FY10
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, Program Review, ES-03-FY10
    • AA w/emphasis in Psychology, Change a program, SS-02-FY10
    • Fitness Specialist Certificate, Change a program, W-06-FY10
    • HPER 1123: Outdoor Activities, Add a new course, W-08-FY10
    • HPER 2206: Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology, Add a new course, W-05-FY10
    • HPER 2207: Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription, Change a course, W-07-FY10
    • HPER 2296: Field Experience and Seminar, Add a new course, W-09-FY10
    • MUSC 1123: Piano Proficiency Preparation, Change a course, A-07-FY10
    • MUSC 2135: Intro to Music Therapy, Techniques and Materials, Change a course, A-06-FY10
    • MUSC 2145: Chamber Ensembles, Change a course, A-08-FY10
    • ICBE 1101, Informational, ES-02-FY10
    • ART 1189: Introduction to Printmaking, Approve an Experimental/Topics Course, A-13-FY10

     

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Wellness Funds Approvals

    • Leah Lenneman, $100

     

    Pause for Appreciation

    Tabitha Elstad for hanging in there!  She is doing a great job in her new position.

    The Nursing Division pauses to appreciate Nursing Lab Manager, Pat Giese.  Pat manages both the Coon Rapids and Cambridge Nursing Labs, going between campuses as needed.  She oversees nursing lab planning, and solves student issues and faculty needs daily.  Her patience, accessibility to students and faculty, knowledge of nursing and nursing standards of care guide the lab in providing excellence in nursing education.  All who know her appreciate her humor and empathetic ear.  She is an integral and appreciated member of the nursing team.